Surname Ponisi
Can anyone help me please? I am desperately looking for any trace of the surname PONISI.If anyone can give me any clues to where it originates from or if they know of anyone with the name please let me know.
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Yes there is lots of people from Spain and Italian decesent with that name in Australia.
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My mothers name was Ponisi. She was born in Belfast (circa 1925).My sister has started to research the family tree. Any info regarding the name Ponisi would be very much appreciated.I can be contacted at the above e'mail address.My sisters name & address: Mrs Mary Mmooney,
20 Ardmore Park,
Artane,
Dublin 5,
Ireland
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Hi Mary; in 2020 I completed the Ist edition of the Ponisi family in Ireland. My email is: toner_frank@hotmail.com, ciao Frank
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I had some older relatives on my dafs side of the family and i beleive they came to ireland from italy many years ago i hope this helps
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Hi I have just seen your response. What are the names of your relations? Thanks
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On fact two italian surnames quite similar exist:PONISSI
PONIThey are very local at the moment in Italy and extremely rare.
So especially Ponisi could be a wrong spelling of Ponissi
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The surname Poni might derive from the forename Jacopo > Jacopone > Pone > surname Poni. None of this explains Ponisi, however.
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Had to go into my Indo-European root book ...so we're starting at a very remote origin ...There's an IE root, "pent" that seems to have evolved into words that look similar and might be related. It's origin means "to tread, go" but evolved into words like Pontiff and pontoon meaning "bridge, way or passage". The title "Pontifex" literally meant "he who prepares the way" ...Therefore, with the ending of -isi which is likely a dimunitive, I'd venture a guess at something like ... "son of the trailblazer" or something similar ... to give you a positive spin ...but most names (not all) were positive spins ...good luck!!
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Forgot to mention, that it is likely pre-Latin, but evolved through Latin and Italian ...just an educated guess.
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In Australia there are over 20 people and Families ( including mine) with this surname including me!
This came about due to mass imigration from Europe during the late 50's and 60's. They arrived by ship that sailed to Sydney Australia
there may be more but they like their privacy.
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In Ellis Island (www.ellisisland.org) it appears as italian. But apparently in Italy this surname doesn't exist anylonger.
In the Mormon Site (www.familysearch.com) it appears as British.
In my opinon it sounds sicilian but indications are contradictory. not clear.
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I am more convinced now that you should think at Cornwall or even Ireland for your researches!
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I believe we can rule out Cornwall and Ireland, though the name might be found in those places. Some other European country perhaps, or even Asia.
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